Student-run event at FBC brings holiday happiness – Winchester Sun

Student-run event at FBC brings festive happiness

Posted 9:00 am Thursday, November 24, 2022

As the end of November approached, many students were looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Others sought to provide some community service.

Led by student Trinity Townsend, a service project at First Baptist Church on North Highland Street fed dozens of people from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and provided additional produce just in time for the holidays.

“The goal of the service project [is] to help underserved communities, and I wanted to reach out and give back,” Townsend said. “I knew the holidays were coming…I wanted people to come and eat too if they weren’t given a traditional meal because, as you know, inflation is very high and food is very expensive. He wanted people to sit down and get a free hot meal.”

Townsend, a high school senior, is a student at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. As a result, he takes classes at Morehead State University. The program provides academically gifted students with a post-secondary residential experience upon completion of their last two years of high school.

He has long been a member of the First Baptist Church.

“I sent an e-mail [First Baptist Church] and I asked them if they would be willing to do it,” he said. “I know that they are more than willing to help with this project.”

Along with the food, daily necessities were provided to those who attended First Baptist Church on Saturday.

Bags full of various toiletries including deodorant, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste were provided to those who arrived.

The bags, which included donations from other community members and dinner tables, were set up Friday night.

First Baptist Church is no stranger to providing services, running a food pantry twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. While associated with God’s Pantry Food Bank, outside donations are also welcome.

Marvin O. King is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Winchester.

“We want to do our part to help those we serve feel like they are special, feel valued and give them a sense of hope and dignity this holiday season,” he said.

Volunteers helped hand out meals including turkey casserole, corn pudding, macaroni and cheese, green beans, biscuits, cranberry sauce, bottled water and Ale-8.

For dessert, guests enjoyed their choices of brownies, strawberry shortcake, and yellow cake with caramel frosting.

While acknowledging that showing compassion for others this holiday season was a guiding force, Pastor King also connected mission to the work of the church.

“We have been called to minister, to build relationships with…people to give them hope and to give them opportunity,” he said. “This aligns perfectly with our message because we pride ourselves and specialize in targeting the undeserving.”

Townsend’s service project and effort did not go unnoticed by the family, who also preached the benefit of fellowship that came with the project.

“We invite everyone to come out… and we kind of [have] camaraderie,” said Natasha Menifee, Trinity’s mother. “We want people to not just serve but share… have conversations and dialogue.”

As for Townsend, she remains focused on others.

“I have been blessed in my life and I wanted to give back to the people that I know who have not had the opportunities that I have,” she said. “I just want to put a smile on people’s faces in any way that I can.”

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